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    News about the NFC market in South Africa — trials, pilots, tests and live services.

    Mastercard tests biometric payments card in South Africa

    April 20th, 2017

    Employees at Pick n Pay supermarket stores and Absa Bank staff across South Africa have been trialling a biometric card developed by Mastercard that lets them make a payment at any EMV terminal and authenticate the transaction by placing their finger on the embedded sensor. Additional trials are planned over the next few months, with a full roll out expected “later this year”. More

    FNB reports ‘sharp rise’ for contactless in South Africa

    March 16th, 2017

    South Africa’s First National Bank (FNB) has seen a 270% increase in the number of contactless payments made with its credit cards over the last six months. “While the number of contactless transactions by customers averaged 1.5 taps per month in May 2015, they climbed to an average of 2.5 per customer by January 2017,” FNB says. “The number of customers using the technology has risen sharply by 227% in the last six months.”

    Mastercard adds bar tab feature to Qkr! mobile payments app

    February 27th, 2017

    Mastercard has unveiled a new feature for its Qkr! mobile payments solution that will allow customers in a bar or restaurant to open a tab and pay their bill when they want, without leaving a… More

    Google unveils Android Wear 2.0 and new watch with support for NFC mobile payments

    February 9th, 2017

    Google has officially unveiled Android Wear 2.0, the new version of its operating system for smartwatches, and two new watches from LG — one of which comes with NFC to support HCE mobile payments using… More

    Proxama signs South African EMV deal

    February 7th, 2017

    PARTNER NEWS: Proxama has signed a five-year contract with a “leading South African insurance and financial services provider” for the supply of in-house EMV card issuing, PIN management and card life cycle management. “The customer will benefit from Proxama’s in-depth experience of smart card deployments in South Africa and around the world,” says the company’s Patrick Regester.

    One fifth of global consumers have made an in-store mobile payment as China leads the way

    January 31st, 2017

    Nearly one fifth of global consumers (18%) have made an in-store mobile payment in the past six months, representing an increase of 10% from the same period in 2014, research released by trade body Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF) reveals. Chinese consumers lead the way, with 38% of them having paid with their phone at the point of sale — nearly double the global average. More

    Lessons learned from implementing HCE for cloud-based NFC mobile payments — See the webinar now on NFC World

    December 8th, 2016

    NFC World’s ‘Case study: Lessons learned from implementing HCE for cloud-based NFC mobile payments’ webinar is now available to view online. 245 people signed up to take part in the live event and participants gave… More

    Take part in our ‘Lessons learned from implementing HCE’ webinar today

    December 8th, 2016

    Join NFC World, Proxama and South Africa-based payment processor Tutuka at 3pm GMT today to get real-world insight into the practical issues faced and lessons learned when deploying a host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payment service, using Visa and Mastercard’s cloud-based payment standards. You can find out more and sign up to join us here.

    Join us on Thursday for HCE mobile payments webinar

    December 6th, 2016

    Join NFC World, Proxama and South Africa-based payments processor Tutuka at 3pm GMT on Thursday 8 December to discover the real-world issues faced when implementing a host card emulation (HCE) mobile payments service using Visa and Mastercard’s cloud-based payment standards. The webinar will benefit anyone who wants to gain an in-depth understanding of what it takes to launch an HCE payments service. You can find out more and sign up here.

    Masterpass comes to 30,000 South African merchants after SnapScan deal

    November 28th, 2016

    South Africans can now use Mastercard’s Masterpass digital wallet to pay for goods and services at more than 30,000 merchants accepting SnapScan in South Africa, using their mobile phones by scanning a QR code at… More

    McDonald’s South Africa pilots QR code mobile payments with WeChat

    November 24th, 2016

    McDonald’s South Africa is piloting a mobile payment service at select restaurants in Johannesburg and Cape Town using social messaging app WeChat Africa, enabling customers to complete purchases by presenting QR codes generated by the… More

    Smartphone users rate security most important app attribute, survey finds

    October 28th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: More than two thirds of smartphone owners use mobile banking apps, while nearly 80% consider security and reliability the most important attributes of a paid app, says a survey by Gemalto which is… More

    FNB launches NFC mobile payments

    October 10th, 2016

    Customers of First National Bank (FNB) can now make NFC mobile payments using the latest version of the financial institution’s mobile banking app. “A first in Africa, FNB Pay enables customers to quickly and conveniently purchase goods below R200 (US$14.46) without entering their card PIN,” FNB says. Users can add “any of their FNB cards” to FNB App 5.0 for use with the new feature. The app includes support for fingerprint identification and a version has also been launched for smartwatch devices.

    MTN ends Mobile Money in South Africa

    September 20th, 2016

    Mobile network operator MTN has discontinued its Mobile Money service in South Africa due to “lack of commercial viability” following its launch in 2012. “The operating costs of providing a mobile money platform have become prohibitive,” says Larry Annetts, chief consumer officer at MTN South Africa. “The decision by MTN SA to shelve its mobile money service does not signify a complete exit from financial services — we are exploring opportunities in the financial services space and other adjacent sectors.”

    Samsung Pay preps South African launch

    August 10th, 2016

    Samsung is involved in “detailed work” with South African banks and regulators to launch Samsung Pay in the country early next year. “We are quite far down the line talking to local banks,” says Craige Fleischer, the company’s South African director for integrated mobility, as reported by Techcentral.

    South Africans to get biometric authentication for card payments

    July 27th, 2016

    The Payments Association of South Africa (PASA) has unveiled a new standardised specification to facilitate biometric authentication on payment cards.  More

    South African community shops to get NFC payments using stickers

    May 17th, 2016

    South African consumers will soon be able to make payments using an NFC sticker on the back on their mobile phone via a service launched by mobile financial services provider MobiCash and mobile payments platform Boloro…. More

    Proxama integrates Discover’s D-PAS into EMV enablement solution

    May 3rd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: NFC and mobile payments pioneer Proxama has completed the integration of Discover’s D-Payment Application Specification (D-PAS) contactless product into its EMV enablement solution. The EMV solution will support the roll out and use of chip cards from multi-purpose charge card provider Diners Club South Africa.

    WeChat integrates with Givex to push in-store presence

    April 14th, 2016

    Chinese ecommerce giant Tencent’s WeChat mobile payments and messaging app has been integrated with Givex’s Vexilor point-of-sale solution to enable users of the service to make in-store purchases by scanning a QR code. More

    WeChat Wallet launches pilot in Hong Kong

    January 29th, 2016

    Chinese ecommerce giant Tencent is testing its WeChat Wallet service with users in Hong Kong. “Users who are part of the pilot programme will be able to link their Hong Kong credit cards to the service and purchase items using the WeChat app, including movie and flight tickets,” the South China Morning Post reports. “A source close to the company said it may take several months before the payment service is rolled out to all WeChat users in the city.” WeChat Wallet launched in South Africa in November 2015.

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